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State rail operator to open Alitalia talks with EasyJet and Delta

Italy’s state railway operator Ferrovie dello Stato plans to begin negotiations with EasyJet and and Delta Air Lines over their potential participation in the privatisation of Alitalia.

Ferrovie says that in light of the "confirmation of interest" from both airlines in the Italian flag carrier, its board has agreed to talks to discuss the main elements of a plan to rescue the SkyTeam member.

The rail company did not provide further details of when these talks would take place or what they would involve.

EasyJet has previously disclosed its participation in the process to sell the Rome-based carrier, but Delta has not previously confirmed its involvement.

Alitalia has been for sale since 2017.

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